Tomorrow is my oldest sister’s birthday! If you’ve read my little profile, then you know that I’m a military wife, which means that I’m far away from my family. I’m very close to my sisters, so it’s tough living so far from them, and birthdays and holidays are the toughest. As a tribute to my “Big Seestar” today, I made something I knew she would love… Butterflies! She has always loved butterflies, but she also loves all kinds of wings. Angel wings, butterfly wings, dragonfly wings…she thinks they’re beautiful! And I think she finds the idea of being lifted up as appealing as the beauty of the wings.
To celebrate my sister, I turned to my Hello, Cupcake! book.
There is a gorgeous idea for Monarch butterflies that I have been very excited to try. What better opportunity than as a celebration of my cherished sister?! These butterflies are made to be toppers for cupcakes, but I think they’ll be very elegant on sugar cookies too, which is what I’ll be making today!
To get started you’ll need candy melts in the color(s) of your choice. I chose to go with very Spring-like colors and mixed in a little white to soften the shades up a bit. Be aware that a little goes a very long way on this project. Start out with just a handful of each color of melts. You can always use more. You’ll also need dark chocolate candy melts for the outline. I used semisweet chocolate chips, which work exactly the same way, but take about twice as long to harden. Finally, you can add some nonpareil sprinkles to the wings, as well.
Get started by making a template to use for your butterfly wings. Be sure to draw both left and right wings. You can do a small version as well. Melt your chocolate and the first color of candy melts that you’ll be working with. Put the melted chocolate into a decorating bag, or a zip-top bag, and snip a small hole in the corner. Do the same with your candy melts. Now you’re ready to start making butterflies!
Simply slide your template under a piece of parchment paper and trace a wing with the dark chocolate. Next, fill the wing in with some of the colored melts and use a toothpick to spread it all the way to the chocolate outline. Finally, use your toothpick the draw swirls of the chocolate into the colored candy. Don’t press too hard or you’ll go right down to the paper. While the wings are still wet, sprinkle a few of the nonpareils onto the tips for some added decoration.
Make little antennas for the butterflies by using the dark chocolate to draw a deep ‘V’ with curling ends. Once everything hardens completely, I like to transfer it all to a metal baking sheet until I’m ready to use them. The cool metal will help the candy stay firm.
To assemble the butterflies, frost the cupcakes or cookies with your favorite frosting. Next, place two chocolate chips in the frosting with a small amount of space in between. Then, prop two wings up on the chips and press their edges into the frosting in the middle. Add one of the sets of antennae, and give the butterflies little chocolate bodies (I just added a two teaspoons of cocoa powder to a small amount of my already prepared vanilla frosting).
Candy Butterfly Toppers
Candy Melts in desired colors
Dark chocolate candy melts or semisweet chocolate chips
Favorite cookie or cupcake recipe
Favorite frosting recipe
Just follow the step-by-step directions above and have fun!!